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March
6th

Sounders Reserves kick off March 17 vs. Timbers

MLS has released it’s 2013 Reserve League schedule.

The Sounders kick off March 17, when the Portland Timbers Reserves visit Starfire. And the schedule includes the promised home-and-away matches with USL-Pro Orlando City. (Here’s the full Sounders Reserves schedule.)

Here is the release from the Sounders:

Seattle Sounders FC will play 12 reserve matches in 2013, kicking it off at home against Portland on Sunday, March 17 at Starfire Sports Stadium. Seattle will play each team in the Western Conference at least once, as well as one match against Real Salt Lake, Colorado, and two matches against

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Sep.
9th

Gudjohnsen scores goal in Sounders Reserves win; will fly back to Iceland tomorrow

Eidur Gudjohnsen, middle, wearing No. 43, in lineup for Sounders reserves today.

Sounders jump ahead on a goal by Eidur Gudjohnsen, fall behind, and then come back to beat Chivas USA reserves, 4-2.

Gudjohnsen was not available to the media after the match. However, general manager Adrian Hanauer said Gudjohnsen will return to Iceland tomorrow. However, Hanauer said that was expected and not necessarily an indication that the club won’t be able to sign him.

“The 15th is the roster freeze, so by then something will be figured out for sure,” Hanauer said. “But we’re going to sit down with he and his representation and see what opportunities there might be.

“He is, as a matter of fact, booked on a plane (to Iceland) tomorrow. … That was what was booked in advance. At least right now he’s planned to get on the plane in the morning, or whatever was booked. (Even if signed) he’d have to get a work permit, we’d have to get him registered, he’d have to bring clothes for the rest of the year. So he would probably go back whether he was signed or not signed to get himself organized. But again, we’ve got our work cut out for us to try to come up with a way to keep him.

Hanauer was similarly noncommittal regarding defender George Ogararu.

“It’s sort of the same message: We’re always going to try to make the team better,” Hanauer said. “When there are opportunities to good players in on trial, we’re going to do it. Beyond that, we’ll have our own internal discussions and figure out where we are with this year’s roster and beyond.”

Ogararu did speak with the media after the match and said he hopes to stay “as long as possible.”

“Good,” he said of his visit with the club. “Very good. I’m very surprised by what I see over here. Good atmosphere and good club and good environment. Especially today.”

Ogararu said he watched the Sounders MLS win over Chivas yesterday with Mauro Rosales, who he knows from Ajax.

“He told me about the club and told me it’s a fantastic club,” Ogararu said. “And he was right.”

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Sep.
5th

Gudjohnsen’s interest came ‘out of the blue,’ GM says; could play in reserve game Sunday at Starfire

Iceland International forward/midfielder Eidur Gudjohnsen, 33, formerly of Chelsea and Barcelona and 18 professional seasons, trained with the Sounders today.

General manager Adrian Hanauer gave this overview of how it happened.

“This one was a little bit out of the blue,” he said. “We were contacted by his representation, and any time you get a chance to look at a player of Eidur’s quality … you jump at it. He seems like a really

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Aug.
19th

Zakuani scores twice in Sounders Reserves win

Steve Zakuani leaves Starfire pitch after two-goal performance today.

It’s gone final: a 3-2 win by the Sounders Reserves over LA. Sammy Ochoa got the game winner in the 90th minute, but the highlights came earlier: a pair of goals by Steve Zakuani — his first competitive goals since April 9, 2011. He went off in stoppage time to a nice hand.

The game also marked a relatively quiet Sounders debut for recently acquired midfielder Mario Martinez.

Some postgame reaction from Zakuani and coach Ezra Hendrickson:

HENDRICKSON
On Zakuani) The first half wasn’t so good. But he’s still getting back into the thick of things. I personally think that before the injury he was a top 10 player in this league. And I think he can get back to there.

On Mario Martinez) I thought he played well. You see the kind of technical abilities that he has. He’s the kind of player that’s going to give defenders hell. He just pops up in different places. He was playing a withdrawn forward today, then he was popping up right and popping up left. I gave him that freedom for him and Zakuani to switch places and stuff. He’s going to be good. He’s very good on his set pieces also.

ZAKUANI
Overview: We wanted to come out in the second half and make a better showing for the fans, and I think we did that. We came back twice and won the game. It was just about scoring today, not about anything else: I just wanted to score to help the team today. … I’m just getting match fitness and match sharpness. Everything else is fine.

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Aug.
12th

Sounders reserves fall to San Jose, 3-0

Here’s a report from the club:

The San Jose Earthquakes struck three times in the second half to earn a 3-0 win against visiting Seattle Sounders FC at the club’s training facility on Sunday in MLS Reserve League play.

Sam Garza, Sercan Guvenisik and Ramiro Corrales each found the net for the Earthquakes (2-2-2, 8 points) in their first reserve match against Seattle (1-4-1, 4 points) this season. David Bingham recorded the shutout for San Jose, his second of 2012 for the reserves.

The Earthquakes held lengthy stretches of possession throughout the match, but each team saw their chances. The

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June
1st

No. 11 returns to pitch in Sounders Reserves loss

Steve Zakuani warms up before Sounders Reserve League match at Starfire tonight.

Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani took a major step on his long road to recovery tonight, playing the first 45 minutes of an MLS Reserve League match against Vancouver.

The Whitecaps won, 2-1, at Starfire Sports Complex.

However, the news of longer-lasting importance may have been Zakuani’s first game appearance since suffering a fractured right tibia and fibula April 22, 2011, during a game at Colorado.

Afterward he said he felt winded by that the leg injury was fine. He said he was frustrated to have missed a good goal chance but said he expects to be back in an MLS match sooner than most people might expect … if only for 10 minutes or so to start.

Since suffering the injury, he had played training games, including 45 minutes in a friendly against Gonzaga in early April. He had expected to make his Reserve League debut April 23 at Chivas USA, but that plan was scrapped after he pulled himself out of training the day before, citing leg pain.

As of Thursday, coach Sigi Schmid had listed Zakuani as 50-50 for the reserve match, but by late afternoon Friday, the club confirmed he would play.

He received a hand from the crowd at Starfire Sports Complex during introductions, and again on his first few touches.

As the minutes moved along, he had several nice touches in threatening opportunities.

Among them:

*In the 21st minute he showed a nice burst of speed working his way between two Whitecaps defenders, but couldn’t quite chip keeper Brad Knighton from about 10 yards.

*In the 28th minute he made his familiar inside stutter-step move before darting out, but then shooting wide of the far post.

*Over the final minutes of the first half, he was knocked down three times – the third time hard enough where teammate Roger Levesque went over to deliver a word and a quick shove to Vancouver’s Daniel Stanese. But in each case, Zakuani returned quickly to his feet and the match.

With a 45-minute milestone in his recovery behind him, he was subbed out in accordance with the pregame plan.

As for the game, Vancouver (3-1-1) scored on two headers by Danny Mattocks, while Dom Dismuke provided the lone score for Seattle (1-3-1) in the 81st minute.

Sounders FC returns to U.S. Open Cup action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, meeting Cal FC at Starfire. Their next MLS match is June 16 at Montreal.

The next Reserve League match is Aug. 6, when the Los Angeles Galaxy visits.

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June
1st

Zakuani to play in Sounders-Whitecaps in reserve match tonight

The Sounders have confirmed that Steve Zakuani will play tonight when the Sounders meet Vancouver in an MLS Reserve League match: 6 p.m. at Starfire Sports Stadium.

Zakuani has played in some training games, but this will be his first in-stadium official-game appearance since suffering leg fractures in a league game at Colorado on April 22, 2011.

March
25th

Sounders Reserves open season in Vancouver

Hendrickson

Sounders FC begins its MLS Reserve League season at 11 a.m. Monday at Vancouver.

Here’s some of an interview with Ezra Hendrickson, the Sounders assistant coach who coaches the reserves:

Overview: “It’s good to get the reserve league started again. It serves a group of guys who are not getting much time on Saturday nights or guys who maybe are coming off injuries to get games in and stay sharp. We’re kind of undermanned right now with injuries and international call ups with Babayele (Sodade) and (Cordell) Cato we only have eight guys, but we’re able to fill in with academy kids, and that’s part of their development. But the guys have been waiting and now they get their chance. They see guys like Estrada and Neagle, who started off playing with the reserve team, they got their chance and made the most of it. So it’s motivation for those guys to follow in those guys footsteps. We had a very good season last year with the reserve team — Vancouver was the only team that beat us last year. That’s what the guys have been talking about all week. They’re ready. We have some injuries, so we’re a little bit on the mend, but we’re going up there with the intention of starting off the season just as well.

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